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Biography
(Non-Fic)
MAKING A RUN FOR IT FROM BERLIN TO TEXAS BOOK THREE
by Manfred Kaiter and L.arry Thompson

Manny returns to Insel Ruegen and completes his stone mason training. He joins with four of his friends, and they set out to begin their careers as a brick layers. They are approached by Western Intelligence to spy for them in East Berlin. Their decision is a fateful one and deadly. "Sounds interesting!"

Chapter 1

CHAPTER 1

 

 

 

As things turned out, after our escape from the village Communist thugs, Dad fixed up Schultz's old pickup, and he, Mom, and Luther left for Oranienberg. My brother, Siegie, boarded an east bound train back towa...





Chapter 2

There it was. They had me. I took a deep breath and prepared to step forward. Behind me, I heard a tearful David shout, “You can’t blame me for that. It was my father’s idea.”

His confession surprised me so badly that I almost fell forw...





Chapter 3

The foreman appeared to be near tears. He whined, “If I let you do this and if you fail, then I’m still in trouble and behind schedule. But if for some strange and unexplained reason you can actually make this thing work, then I’m ahead of the game...





Chapter 4

We worked for the redhead for a couple of weeks bricking his three-story building. When we were through, he took us to the Bricking Pool. The Bricking Pool was a building where all the bricking brigades spent their time waiting to be called out to do a job. Generall...





Chapter 5

We five in the work brigade cheered again at the end of that work day when the foremen were standing at the project exit gate. waiting for us. None of us in the work brigade owned a car. We were accustomed riding a trolley and walking to work. The foremen owned cars...





Chapter 6

I told the brigade about the conversation.

Erwin said. “Interesting response to an interesting offer. You should have let him finish so that we would have more information to make a group decision. Next time ask him if he meant all five of us and not jus...





Chapter 7

We got the job bricking the ornate Intelligence building. The unusual thing about that job was that the exterior brick was about as plain as could be, but there was interior bricking was very ornate. Of course, we celebrated at Zum Kellar. We must have been...





Chapter 8

We went back to our apartment that evening, and we talked about Bill’s offer. We sat down in the kitchen.

 Erwin asked, “What do you think?”

It took me a few seconds to frame my thoughts, “Here, in East Germany, if you are he...





Chapter 9

Just like always, we arrived at work before any of the others. We walked through the gate as usual. We waved, “Hello” to the gate guard. He waved back, and we kept on walking. We went to the plans table where the plans for our work were kept. We memorize...





Chapter 10

We tried to act casually. As we walked through the gate to the project site. We waved good morning to the gate guard with shaky smiles on our faces/. The guard nodded his head at us, and then, he pointed at me and waved with his hand that I should come over to where...





Chapter 11

When we arrived at the apartment, we took the plans out of our pants legs. We locked the doors and we closed the window curtains. I said, “Everybody stay here. I’m taking the message about cookies to the…ah…to the mailbox.” The nodded their app...





Chapter 12

We finished the Intelligence center ahead of schedule, despite the delay caused updating the architectural drawings. We never knew what the cause of redrafting was. We didn’t care. We were just brick layers. More than that, we could claim that we were certifie...





Chapter 13

Finding work outside of the Russian Ruble fueled Government projects was not easy. We did find a few jobs bricking homes, but those projects were of type that we finished each of them inside of a week. While the brigade was bricking a home, I had to be out on the st...





Chapter 14

Our work was nearly finished at the old home that was being remodeled after the war. We stood out in the street looking at the work and estimating how long finishing would take us.

Erwin said, “I would estimate that finishing up should take us no more th...





Chapter 15

The casket was soft, but the road was rough. I was jerked from one end of the thing to the other. My body was pushed from one side to the other as Bill negotiated the turns, the stops, and the starts. Finally, I felt the truck slow. Then, I heard the breaks squ...





Chapter 16

After we arrived at the airport in Hanover, we departed from the plane together, and we entered the terminal together. The man was not hard to find. He had a large paperboard sign that had ‘Bill’s friend,’ written on it. We walked up to him, and I ...





Chapter 17

I remembered that in school in Germany, we had studied Greek mythology. We studied Apollo and how the Greeks sought his chariot was the sun. Every day was an epic journey for him to travel from the east to the west. Because of this size of America, I thought I was s...





Chapter 18

While I worked on the hotel, I watched the other bricklayers to find out who among them him to find out who among work quality brick masons. I knew that many of them were local bricklayers, and I suspected that they would be looking for a job once the hotel was comp...





Chapter 19

On the jukebox, Roy Orbison was singing “Only The Lonely.” Jerry Lee Lewis was singing about shaking, Ricky Nelson was singing “Traveling Man,” and fans were still playing Buddy Holly’s “Peggy Sue.” I was walking around sing...





Chapter 20

Patricia and I met at the club Friday night and Saturday night. On Saturday, when Patricia and I saw pictures of Buddy on the wall. Those pictures made him look tall. The pictures I had seen of him made him seem like he was a shorter person. I asked her how tall Bud...





Epilogue

Whenever Manfred and I would meet to discuss his life’s story, we would talk about what he wanted done, and he would hand me a cassette tape. Now that I have mentioned the item called a cassette tape, many of you readers will think how backward or old-fashione...





Author Biography

The author, Larry Thompson, is a retired educator, and is also retired from the military, living in Lubbock, Texas with his wife. His wife is also a retired educator. She taught Mathematics. His doctorate was in Education, but he taught English. His Bachelor’s...






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